Different education boards have a policy of providing extra marks to students which inflated their scores and led to high cut-offs. It awarded extra marks for questions which were difficult to solve/answer. The board has now decided to end this policy to stop the marks inflation.
This continuous inflation of marks has led to unrealistically high cut-offs, sometimes as high as 100%, for several courses in the Delhi University. With the end of this policy, students will get reasonable marks and equally reasonable cut-offs to get into colleges. Last October, the school education secretary, Anil Swarup, decided to bring an end to this policy and wrote to the heads of different state boards appealing them to bring an end this marks hike business. According to sources, the education boards of Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Telangana and Goa have replied in agreement to the Centre’s advice.
The states that have agreed said that they are willing to reconsider their moderation policy and inflation of marks in light of the appeal made to them. This is the second time Union HRD Ministry has tried to stop the inflation of marks.
Every year, there are nationwide debates regarding the high cut-off rates released by premium institutions across the country. It is only because students are able to score more due to the moderation policy. The government appears to be seeking a way to control the practice as this leads to uninhibited competition and piles more pressure on students to push for marks. The policy was discussed at a meeting called by the human resource development (HRD) ministry of state education secretaries and chairman of state boards last year.
With the end of this policy, students will no longer have the pressure to obtain 100% marks in order to get into their desired college. The scrapping of this policy is also expected to adversely affect this year’s result performance all over the country.